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It seems that PT, has decided to censor our language. Every time we type a series of other swear words, in our logs or comments, it seems they get replaced by stars.

Now, I can understand why you are doing this in comments, because they are there for everyone else to see. But I do not appreciate having my own log censored. After all, anyone who finds my log offensive because of swear-words or anything else, has the freedom to leave groups that have me in it (or ask me to leave).

I have started to use my log as a kind of journal, and for that I need access to all the words in the dictionary. I've tried keeping journals before, and I never managed to keep it up, but here, because I'm logging my food anyway, it's not hard for me to also write a little about how I'm feeling that day, and it helps me emotionally to do so.

By all means, censor our comments and our public writing.
But please, PT, please don't censor our logs.

- powerfrau

Wed. Jul 26, 1:29pm

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Yes, we agree too. We're not sure what happened, a change was made and we're working on fixing right now.


Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 1:30 PM

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well said pfrau

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 1:36 PM

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working on it...please give us a little time. Thank you.


Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 1:40 PM

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why do you need to swear...does it get the point across better??

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 5:18 PM

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It's not a need. It's an option open to all users of this wonderful, colourful language. And, yes, sometimes it does get the point across better. Perhaps many make the assumption that all swearing is necessarily vitriolic in tone or purley the domain of monosyllabic cro-magnons. I can assure you this is not so, as I just whole-heartedly thanked my team for all the "shits and giggles." This is a comment of endearment and was taken as such. My team is comprised of graduate students, Ph.Ds, Ph.D. candidates, and all-round interesting people each of whom can curse like a sailor should they choose, in a non-judgemental environment.

Perhaps we should ask ourselves how and why certain words carry such a taboo, when the sentiment is equally expressed and indeed intended by "acceptable" terms, such as "sucks," "gosh darn it," "WTF," "freakin," and the like. We should also understand that "inappropriate" is a very fluid concept. It is influenced by a myriad of factors, and what you may deem to be entirely acceptable is likely no such thing in another time and place.

I believe the taboo surrounding the words at our diposal is one to be overcome, not mindlessly propigated. When a certain sector of the population expresses discontent at "foul language," the discontent is almost always, in reality, unease or dislike of the sentiment expressed. If this is the case, please take exeption to the sentiment and base an intelligent argument on such, not the word. That is a knee-jerk reaction based on cultural programming.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 6:01 PM

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